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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

Diane Keaton , Richard Gere , Richard Brooks  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Richard Kiley
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Writers: Richard Brooks, Judith Rossner
  • Producers: Freddie Fields
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN75
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" on IMDb

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Rare. rare, hard ti find brilliantly disturbing tome of the 70s. Diane Keaton in her best performance ever. An absolute classic--a hidden jewel.

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of what cinema can be. August 7, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is raw, risk-taking cinema--from the no-holds-barred performance of a lifetime by Dianne Keaton to the bold and imaginative direction of Richard Brooks. Moreover, it captures the woman's point of view more convincingly than any other film that comes to mind. As spectators we remain inside Keaton's head as well as capable of judging her in her obsessive, doomed quest for personal fulfillment at all costs. The sordid climax (no wonder profit-dependent Hollywood swore off such films) is all the more remarkable because we see it through the eyes of the victim. When Dianne Keaton's desire and death wish converge and she loses the capacity to see, the movie necessarily fades to black as well.

I was so blown away by the film that I immediately read its literary source. This is one of the few times the book has proved a disappointment compared to the movie. As a prose stylist, Judy Rossner doesn't begin to match the artistry of Keaton and Brooks not to mention the psychological depth that is normally off limits to a medium as surface-bound as film.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this on dvd?? June 9, 2008
It's been ages since i saw this film as an adult. Last time i did- i lived alone, was fairly "active" in the bar scene and it was during the time that the Dahmer stuff was going on. Needless to say- this movie gave me more of a hesitant pause before bringing just ANYone home, that's for sure.

I mentioned it to my partner of 12 years and he said he had never seen it (much to my surprise). So i kept hunting and checking back at Amazon to see if it may be coming to dvd any time soon. No such luck. I've since written to Paramount asking them to please consider a nice, digital transfer dvd release of the film. Who knows for what good that was worth.

So- i go to my video store which has a huge, vault of a selection of just about anything. Grab the very ancient looking vhs copy to bring home to watch.
Besides the fact that it didnt look great- this movie is STILL as powerful, provacative and shocking as it was all those years ago when i first saw it. Even when you know how it's going to end- it is still jaw-dropping and brutally harsh and yes- even quite sad, frankly.
This movie will stick with you after you've seen it for a while. Sort of haunts you.

Keaton is SO fantastic in her performance. Just AH-mazing. The dialog and writing and direction are top notch and still not dated even with the advances that cinema has made since.

This movie needs and deserves a good dvd release. I will be first in line to grab a copy if and when it does. I am thinking perhaps since there is a HUGE amount of music in it- that maybe that could be part of why no dvd release so far. Sometimes too much ASCAP red tape to get a movie released the way it was originally shown. Not sure how that works, honestly.

Anyway- too long now.. apologies.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Annie Hall Meets Mr. Goodbar November 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Released in 1977 and based on Judith Rossner's best-seller, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" was touted as the star turn for Diane Keaton, but it was "Annie Hall" that swept her to the Academy podium that year. A Catholic teacher of deaf children, Keaton's portrayal of a sexually repressed woman looking for scores in all the wrong places is unsettling in an generally inaudacious - and brutal - film. But, the talent that she is, Keaton keeps our attention and is nearly upstaged by Tuesday Weld in an Oscar-nominated supporting role. "Goodbar" takes us to the darker side of casual sexal encounters and issues a warning that we ought not delve too deeply into the darkness without a light on in our brains. The film also marked the first substantial work of Richard Gere and Tom Berenger. But it remains Keaton who carries the film, and she does it splendidly and achieves the intended goal of making us squeamish about the dangerous underpinnings of sexual experimentation. The film's closing scene is harrowing and also achieves its own goal to send the viewer off with an unsoothed boding of doom, and it gives us no hope. Panned critically at the time, the film nonetheless is a showcase of Keaton's dramatic talents, something she'd had little chance to do until then. She alone makes the film worth watching.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart-breaking... January 26, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
'Looking for Mr. Goodbar' is saturated with tangibility and keenness.By a very forituous event, I got this movie and popped it into the VCR. Two hours later, my heart was pounding and my hands were sweating. I was in inertia for perhaps, oh, twenty minutes. That's how much the movie impacted me.
Diane Keaton and her unique, rare talent stands out as Theresa Dunn, a lonely, sexually insatiable woman searching for so many things:unconditional love, understanding, and a happy life. Oppressed by her rigid father, the morals of Catholicism, the dread that nobody truly loves her, and insecurity, she tries to break out of her shell, experimenting by getting involved in the wild partying life. Compassionate teacher of deaf kids by day, heavy partyer/hooker by night. Two characteriscs entirely different, yet in one woman. She searches for true love by getting involved with eclectic men, and was just beginning to find it when inhumanity and brutality invaded her, snuffing out her weak voice once and for all...
On another point, I have to say I'm very impressed with the way this movie approached deafness. I'm deaf myself, and I know back in the seventies, most deaf schools didn't offer signing/speaking at the same time. They only offered speech classes, with absolutely no signing at all. So far, most deaf schools have broken away from this rule, but with this movie, made in the seventies... I could understand what they were saying without having to read the closed-captioning. I'm very impressed with how smoothly they signed.
But that's not the main reason why I was so taken with this movie. The subtle dialogue blends very well. The bar scene adds to the mystical aura, along with the mood and lighting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... content but Diane Keaton and Richard Gene were both excellent in...
The movie was difficult to watch considering the content but Diane Keaton and Richard Gene were both excellent in the movie.
Published 3 days ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Very adult 1970's theme.
Dark theme, but well depicted of the times. Not the "light" theme Diane Keaton of today.
Published 5 days ago by D. Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Why, oh why...
Has this NOT been released at LEAST to DVD! I remember seeing this in the theater when it came out....very powerful. It's not like the movie got trashed by critics or the public. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Craig H. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Cautionary tale of the mid '70s is being slighted by Paramount...
Just scored an excellent DVD-R!!!!! How Diane Keaton won for Annie Hall, and, not this AMAZING portrayal of a woman in search of love, LOTS OF FUN, and self-acceptance.... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ray of A '69
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for love in all the wrong places.
I remember reading the novel years ago. My sister had it and I stole it and read it. My God what a haunting book! They actually left out two scenes in the movie....thank God. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pawnchild1
1.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Mr Goodbar
The copy was not clear and was not able to view it. Would love a different copy if it is available.
Published 4 months ago by Nancy D Galloway
5.0 out of 5 stars A Warning That Still Needs To Be Heeded!
I was 17 when this movie came to theaters. I hadn't started the "Disco" party scene for another year yet, but this movie definitely stopped me from acting out the 70's and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Writerly Artist
4.0 out of 5 stars Diane Keaton Looking for Love on DVD
Looking for Mr. Goodbar made a huge impact when it was released. It is an ultimately downbeat but somewhat realistic portrayal of a woman finding herself and moving further away... Read more
Published 9 months ago by MacheteJason
3.0 out of 5 stars Yikes.....!
I guess this was a good film. It's a little hard to say, actually. "Good" as in "well-acted"? Probably. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Mr. Goodbar
I was thinking Diane Keaton wouldn't do a bad movie but this movie ended badly. She made herself a name as did Richard Geer but they won't be remembered from this movie.
Published 11 months ago by Peace
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